Slavoj Žižek: The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology (2690 words)


Zizek has almost single-handedly revived a dynamically dialectical, Hegelian style of thinking. I think of him as a sort of “logician of culture” who reveals the underlying structures of politics and ideology in much the way Kant did. (Eric Santner, University of Chicago)

“A spectre is haunting Western academia [...] the spectre of the Cartesian subject.” So begins Slavoj Zizek's The Ticklish Subject: the Absent Centre of Political Ontology (1999). The author, both a psychoanalyst and a dialectical materialist philosopher, is one of today's most important and innovative thinkers. He is best known as an interpreter of contemporary culture in light of the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan; …

Citation: Wood, Kelsey. "The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2008 [, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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